What are the wines like?
The area along the route produces a modest yield, but it is particularly well regarded thanks to the structural and aromatic complexity of its wines. It is endorsed by its almost eight centuries of experience, and of the 5,000 hectares of garnacha vines, over 2,000 are aged between 30 and 50 years old. There are three main areas. The lower area is home to spur- and cane-trained garnacha vines, and its wines are warm, strong and highly aromatic. The middle area is distinguished by having a greater concentration and density of vineyards, and its wines are more complex, intense, structured and fleshy. The higher ground produces fine, subtle and elegant wines.
What I can find
The route is also a chance to visit the Cistercian monastery of Veruela, the Borja Designation of Origin Wine Museum, ancient Jewish quarters, Mudéjar towers, Romanesque shrines, Arab irrigation channels, and Iron Age settlements. What's more, the area of El Moncayo is famous for its wild mushrooms, and is also the site chosen by numerous birds to make their home. There are a number of attractive observation points throughout the area with views over the mountains, and visitors can also enjoy activities like hiking, mountain bike, riding, mountain climbing, or rock climbing and paragliding, to name just a few. And lastly, all along the route you'll find a range of comfortable accommodation options, restaurants serving traditional food with a modern twist, and family-run wineries where you can enjoy tasting wines made from the garnacha grape from Campo de Borja.
How to get here
It is located about 60 kilometres outside the city of Zaragoza and can be reached on the N-122 main road that links Soria with Zaragoza, or on the AP-68 dual carriageway that connects Zaragoza, Navarre, the Basque Country and La Rioja. Zaragoza is very easy to reach thanks to the AVE high-speed trains and the city's airport.
There are a total of 20 municipalities associated to this route, and all of them are in the province of Zaragoza. These are Ainzón, Agón, Alberite de San Juan, Albeta, Ambel, Bisimbre, Borja, Bulbuente, Bureta, El Buste, Fréscano, Fuendejalón, Magallón, Maleján, Mallén, Novillas, Pozuelo de Aragón, Tabuenca, Talamantes et Vera de Moncayo.